Grant's practice experience of more than 30 years encompasses a wide range of issues that arise in employment and labor law. He provides counsel to clients in the health care, financial, hospitality, construction, business services, employee staffing, and non-profit sectors. Grant represents clients in state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. He regularly advises employers of all sizes and litigates civil cases regarding all forms of employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, unlawful retaliation, contractual issues, personnel policies and practices, and wage and hour issues.
Grant also has advised and represented employers with respect to their rights and obligations arising under laws pertaining to collective bargaining and labor unions. He is a frequent lecturer regarding all aspects of the employment relationship that arise under numerous federal and state laws, and often represents employers before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and federal and state "wage and hour" agencies. He also serves as a mediator and is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. Grant served as the Chairman of the North Carolina Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section (from 2015 to 2016).
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I became a lawyer because I enjoy working with people and believed that I could help them to understand and navigate their complex legal rights and responsibilities and that I, when necessary, would be able to advocate for them and/or their businesses persuasively and effectively.
I worked in a salmon cannery on the southwest coast of Alaska for two summers in college. I therefore really appreciate a working environment that doesn't involve standing in freezing water, earplugs, and scraping the viscera out of the guts of fish with a dull knife for hours at a time.
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